PRE PURCHASE EXAMINATIONS
During a pre-purchase examination, our experienced vets look for subtle problems which are easily overlooked in the excitement of making a new purchase.
Problems commonly encountered during a pre-purchase examination may include:
- Eye problems
- Respiratory abnormalities
- Heart murmurs or irregular heartbeat
- Sarcoids/ melanomas etc.
These conditions may render the horse unsuitable for purpose or reduce the value of the horse for resale.
We offer both 2 stage and 5 stage pre-purchase examinations. They can be caried out at your yard or at our equine clinic.
1st stage – Passport and microchip check, eyes, body, heart, lungs, feet, front teeth, conformation etc.
2nd stage – Dynamic assessment including flexion tests and lunging on both firm and soft surfaces.
3rd stage – Rest
4th stage – Strenuous exercise (usually ridden)
5th stage – Final dynamic assessment
We highly recommend a full, 5-stage examination with a blood sample (which is stored for 6 months). Sometimes a shortened version (2 stage) is chosen e.g. for unbroken horses.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss your requirements.
Please note: An examination for insurance cannot be performed in favour of a pre-purchase examination if you are intending to purchase a new horse.